Overview

Recent advances in the fields of medicine and technology have led to the development of stem cell therapy. A stem cell is a cell that has the potential to develop into many different types of cell in the body. It has the ability to divide and copy itself and at least one other specialized type of cell.
Stem Cells was written to provide information about the development of stem cell therapy, which can be used in the fields of research and medicine. The main goal of the book is ...
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Stem Cells: Scientific Facts and Fiction

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Overview

Recent advances in the fields of medicine and technology have led to the development of stem cell therapy. A stem cell is a cell that has the potential to develop into many different types of cell in the body. It has the ability to divide and copy itself and at least one other specialized type of cell.
Stem Cells was written to provide information about the development of stem cell therapy, which can be used in the fields of research and medicine. The main goal of the book is to provide readers with an overview of the scientific facts about stem cells and its promising effects on the human body, as well as on the creation of new drugs and medicines. The book also highlights the ongoing clinical research into stem cells and lists the therapies whose effectiveness is being investigated.
Many scientists argue that stem cell therapy will be of great help to patients and society if it is proven to be safe and effective.

*  Explains in straightforward, non-specialist language the basic biology of stem cells and their applications in modern medicine and future therapy

*  Includes extensive coverage of adult and embryonic stem cells both historically and in contemporary practice

* Richly illustrated to assist in understanding how research is done and the current hurdles to clinical practice

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Stem Cells, 1st Edition - Winner of two British Medical Association 2011 awards: BMA Board of Science Award for the Public Understanding of Science and First Prize in the category of Basic and Clinical Sciences

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Reviewer: Joanna Goral, PhD (Midwestern University)
Description: This is a comprehensive and accessible overview of the history and recent developments in academic and clinical stem cell research. With the many advances and new developments in this dynamic field, this update of the 2010 edition is fully justified.
Purpose: The book extensively reviews the scientific facts about stem cells and their remarkable promise in developing new treatments for cancer and chronic diseases of old age, in drug discovery, and their application in biotechnology and tissue engineering. The authors also address ethical issues that surround the use of embryonic stem cells and warn about fraudulent stem cell practices that continue to increase.
Audience: The intended audience is diverse, including students and scientists, as well as nonbiologists, who are interested in this field.
Features: Among the many publications in the field of stem cell biology, this book is truly important because of its accessibility to a general audience. The opening chapters introduce the basic biology of the cell, describe embryonic development, and define and characterize different types of stem cells. Subsequent chapters are devoted to applications of stem cells in regenerative medicine, the significance of stem cells in cancer development and treatment, new developments in human disease models, personalized medicine, and drug discovery. Applications of stem cells in veterinary medicine are also discussed. The field of stem cell research offers great promise, but is mired in controversy and the authors present all sides of the debate. They also devote an entire chapter to "stem cell tourism," a practice among patients who pay large sums of money for often unproven stem cell therapies.
Assessment: This is a valuable resource for both biologists and nonbiologists interested in the history and the state-of-the-art developments in the field of stem cell research and its applications. The writing style is quite engaging, and numerous illustrations help to explain the concepts. Many historical, informative, and anecdotal vignettes enliven the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123815361
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 324
  • File size: 6 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword  Introduction  Chapter 1: Biology of the Cell  Chapter 2: Embryonic development  Chapter 3: Of mice and men: History of stem cells  Chapter 4: What are stem cells?  Chapter 5: Origin of stem cells  Chapter 6: Types of stem cells  Chapter 7: Cloning: history and current applications  Chapter 8: Clinical applications of stem cells  Chapter 9: Cancer stem cells   Chapter 10: Applications for drugs and toxicity screening  Chapter 11: Venturing in stem cells (law and intellectual property)  Chapter 12: Future Prospects 

References and websites 

Glossary of terms 

Index 

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